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Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
 
Dark, Boring, Difficult
Swamplandia

The Florida history was interesting.The vocabulary used was stimulating. The content of the story was depressing despite a hopeful ending. I am sorry I spent the time reading it.

freedom by Jonathan Franzen
 
Book Club Recommended
Pointless, Boring, Slow
Freedom

Intriguing characters and persuasive story line. I kept coming back to find out what happens next. This book generated the most conversation from our group despite varied ratings of the book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Let the great world spin

Rich characters with a thoughtful storyline using a true unusual event as the backdrop.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
look me in the eye

Story about the life of someone with aspergers. The trials and tribulations through a lifetime of challenges. Our club learned a lot about this disease and it provides insight into people lives with aspergers.

American Boy by Larry Watson
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic
American Boy

This book lends a perspective of a teenage boy growing up. It is beautifully written.

 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Insightful, Inspiring
To kill a mockingbird

I read this novel as a high school student and liked it then but now 40 years later I loved it! The meaning behind the events and subtle humor held me captive to the story. I recommend this book to young and not so young.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
The Glass Castle

In One Person: A Novel by John Irving
 
Graphic, Informative, Interesting
In one person

I found this book boring. I could not wait for it to be over. It seemed to drag on and on. There was nothing that seemed interesting or insightful. Lots of redundancy with loose ends. The main character so was full of himself and supporting characters were weakly constructed.Do not waste your time.

Half a Life: A Memoir by Darin Strauss
 
Book Club Recommended
Life Changing, Insightful, Inspiring
Half a Life

A sincere human account about living after being part of a tragic death. The author explores the pain and feelings of guilt that filled his mind. He talks about how his life was shaped by this event.

Gold: A Novel by Chris Cleave
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Graphic
Gold

I could not put it down. There were twists and unexpected turns throughout the book. The information about the Olympic training and bike racing on the velodrome track was interesting The characters were well developed, the choices made by the characters make for good discussion. I recommend this book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The light between the oceans

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Gloomy
The Lowlands

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